Many of you who read this blog will know that I love to roam around.
Also, if you have kept up to date, that I purchased a very beautiful cello, named Dulcie (“dolce” in Italian means “sweet”)
I started playing the cello again about 2 years ago as a way to console myself….. my thumb joints had become very painful. So painful that I could not bear to play the piano and truly wondered if I ever would again.
Playing the cello, with all its challenges helped to fill that gap as well as compelling me to take great care not to further injure my hands.
Here is where chance crept in. I began to explore how I could apply the Alexander Technique to my journey as a beginner cellist and by good fortune, these early efforts coincided with some marvelous videos that Jennifer Roig-Francoli (a colleague in USA) was putting up on Facebook.
These were so fascinating that my urgent need to master this difficult instrument and satisfy my hungry ambition in a short space of time abated while I payed attention to the more subtle nuances of how I was managing myself while I played.
Because of my driving nature, it would otherwise have been a very frustrating and demoralising time.
Cello by Chance it has become, for without the necessity of taking a break from the piano, I would not have started playing the cello again (I tried some 17 years ago and gave up because it was too stupidly difficult!) or indeed, found such a fine cello and bow.
Another facet in the realm of chance is that I have taken to driving around with my cello in the car and searching out little churches that are tucked away in quiet corners of the countryside. … or in the right kind of weather, playing outdoors at high points and beauty spots.
These magical occurrences really seem to appear very spontaneously, in a similar way to my bike journey, where pianos showed up all over the place….
I love it that this is another way to go around and make music.
Every now and then somebody passes by and apparently really enjoys the unexpected sound of a cello.
Far more portable than a piano and rather less effort than a bike!
Here are some photos of the beautiful places I have taken Dulcie out.
Apuldram near Chichester.
Sunset and then dawn, high above Blaenavon.
Emborough church near Chew Magna.
Ebbor gorge with Glastonbury Tor in the distance…. This was just magical!
And finally Langport church, where a couple came in and choose “Jerusalem” as their popular request.
Each place has had a unique quality.
Each interaction with passers by an unexpected delight.
There is some more good news.
Thanks to time away from the piano, Alexander explorations, wonderful care from osteopath, Vicky Latchem and maybe a hint of common sense, my thumbs are very much improved…. buttons, page turning, holding a pencil, turning a key etc… all nearly as good as new!
Here’s to more adventures with Dulcie!